Recent survey research from Professor Jason Harris draws out the views of industry insiders as to why voluntary administration may not be suitable for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
We have sent a comprehensive Submission to the Australian Senate Inquiry into Corporate Insolvency in Australia. This is the executive summary and we also provide a link to the entire document.
Voluntary administration – until recently the core statutory restructuring mechanism available for Australia businesses – is expensive. Generally speaking, a cheap voluntary administration costs between $30-50,000, all for a process that should be completed within two months.
A recent Victorian Supreme Court case, Intellicomms, shows the dangers of poor pre-insolvency advice and entering into a pre-pack without carrying out sensible due diligence. Here we explain the implications of this case for directors, the appropriate valuation approach to avoid liquidator claims for creditor-defeating dispositions, and what all this means for pre-packs in general.
Voluntary administrations have been in decline in Australia for 25 years. Here we examine why this might be, paying particular attention to the incidence of Deeds of Company Arrangement (DOCAs). Our conclusion is that a confluence of poor public reputation, expense and legislative change has led to the relative unpopularity of voluntary administration as a corporate restructuring methodology
The primary way in which creditors can influence a voluntary administration is through participation in either the first or second creditors’ meeting — meetings chaired by the voluntary administrator. Through this process creditors can replace voluntary administrators, have a say on remuneration and costs, approve of a debt compromise and more.
For many, if not most, company directors and owners in Australia, private practice accountants are the first port-of-call for insolvency advice.
External administration in Australia: Voluntary liquidation versus voluntary administration scorecard
Voluntary liquidation (CVL) and voluntary administration (VA) have a range of pros and cons, relative to each other. Here we look at the advantages of voluntary administration, including the ability to turn around the business, director initiation and the breathing space it provides to directors.
Voluntary administrations can result in a deed of company arrangement, the winding up of the company or the end of the voluntary administration.
Using a voluntary liquidation for a section 510 debt restructure: the largely ignored creditor arrangements under voluntary liquidation
Company reorganisation or restructuring is the most common way of turning around a struggling business that is insolvent, or at risk of becoming so.
Once the DOCA is being administered, there is no longer a moratorium on ‘ipso facto’ clauses. In short, this allows suppliers, landlords and other creditors with suitable contracts to immediately terminate those contracts on appointment of the deed administrator.
The purpose of voluntary administration in Australia is to rescue a struggling business and, where this is not possible, to get a better return for creditors than a straight winding up.